2015-04-30 T 18:27:33 UTC
Vagner Rodrigues Santos
25.44 Federal University of Minas Gerais
Bees are arthropods of Hymenoptera order and are classified into two groups based on their type of life: solitary and social life. Propolis is produced by bees that live socially, from the harvesting of products derived from plants and used to seal and protect the hive against intruders and natural phenomena . Propolis term derives from the Greek Pro, “opposite, the entry” and polis, “city or community” [2,3]. Propolis is a natural substance collected by Apis mellifera bees in several plant species. It has been used in folk medicine for centuries [2,4]. Characteristically, it is a lipophilic material, hard and brittle when cold, but soft, flexible and very sticky when warm. Hence the name “beeswax” . It has characteristic odor and shows adhesive properties of oils and interact strongly with skin proteins . The composition of propolis is complex [7,8].
* THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THIS IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT CURE OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.